Danny Green impresses as he leads Toronto Maple Leafs past Memphis Grizzlies
Danny Green made a season-high eight three-pointers to finish with 24 points and lead the Toronto Raptors to a 119-90 home win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
Toronto (35-13) earned their ninth straight home victory to improve to 20-4 at Scotiabank Arena. Serge Ibaka had 18 points and Pascal Siakam added 17 for the Raptors, who’ve won seven-of-eight contests overall.
Kawhi Leonard (load management) missed a second straight game for Toronto, which shot 44-of-91 from the field and 17-of-36 from three-point range. Leonard had previously missed the fixture against the Phoenix Suns.
Jaren Jackson Jr., had 16 points for Memphis (19-27), which has lost five straight overall and seven consecutive road games. The Grizzlies dropped a 122-116 decision in Boston on Friday night.
Toronto cemented the win by outscoring Memphis 45-14 in the third for a commanding 100-62 advantage. Green led the way for the Raptors with seven of his three-pointers in the frame. He left to a thunderous ovation with 2:17 left in the quarter and the home team leading 90-62.
But DeLeon Wright kept the three-point barrage going, hitting from beyond the arc to put Toronto ahead 93-62 with Green on the bench. Kyle Lowry’s layup in the dying seconds earned the Raptors their 38-point advantage heading into the fourth.
Toronto opened the third on a 10-0 run for a 65-51 lead. Siakam scored seven points before Memphis’s JaMychal Green countered with a three-pointer.
But that didn’t stop Toronto, which surged ahead 77-55 on Green’s three-pointer to outscore Memphis 20-7 before the Grizzlies took a timeout at 6:18.
Lowry’s three free throws with 33 seconds remaining in the second secured Toronto its 55-48 half-time advantage. Ibaka led the way for Toronto with 14 points, one more than Miles. Jackson Jr. had nine points for Memphis.
The Grizzlies did even the score 30-30 on Jevon Carter’s three-pointer but the Raptors surged back ahead 38-32, thanks to eight points from Miles (two three-pointers, field goal) at 6:28.
Miles’ three-point play late in the first capped a 9-0 run for Toronto, which ended the quarter ahead 23-19. Ibaka led the way with 10 points for the Raptors, who shot 10-of-22 from the field.
Omri Casspi’s field goal ended Toronto’s 9-0 run for Memphis, which shot 7-of-21 and began the game 0 for 6 form the field.
“That was awesome, it was fun,” said coach Nick Nurse afterward. “We hadn’t had one like that in a while. It was good to see some of our shooters make some shots tonight.”
Now the obvious question: is good shooting like Green’s display tonight contagious? There are already some fascinating links at work here, what with the Curse, the PJs, the sudden team-wide surge.
“I do not take any credit for that,” said Green, clearly living it up. “If it just so happens to happen that way then great. I am glad I wore them. I will keep wearing them. But I thought it was a great outfit. They are very comfortable and I always support my teammates.”
The Raptors now have a few days to rest and recover before facing the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday evening.